Supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi are refusing to leave their protest camps in Cairo despite warnings that the interim authorities are planning to break them up today.
The Muslim Brotherhood have condemned the threats and are determined to remain outside Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque and Nahda Square until the democratically elected leader is reinstated.
One Mursi supporter, Ahmed Saad, said the “sit-in will not be stormed” and would only happen over their “dead bodies”. He added that the “sit-ins and protests are a legitimate form of action,” and their aim was to “regain legitimacy and achieve the rules of Sharia”.
Even though troops are likely to be deployed around the two camps as the first step towards clearing them, Mursi supporters felt confident enough to hold a puppet show ridiculing Egypt’s army chief.
Almost 300 people have been killed in violent clashes since the military overthrow took place on July 3.